RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Assisting with an operation isn't the first thing you would think of when attending the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.
If you grew up playing operation this might bring back memories, but on a larger scale. Reginald Health or Reggie is a life size game of Operation brought in by Regional Health. Hundreds of people stop by the booth daily to try their luck. The people running the booth expected to attract more children, but there are also older attendees who stop by for the nostalgia factor.
"Well, aside from it being really really cool, you know we're a health care system and it's a nice fit for us.The bones and organs are basically in the correct location so it's not necessarily an educational teaching tool, but it's a great way to engage students," says Regional Health marketing and outreach manager Melissa Haught.
Reggie's organs are made of cardboard, but Regional Health plans to change that. Partnering with B9 Creations they hope to have 3D printed organs and bones for future events Reggie attends.
"We're planning on career fairs, taking it to high schools, wellness fairs, things like that. Yup, so you'll see Reggie out and about most of the time when we're out and about," says Haught.
Reggie will be upstairs in room F at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center through Feb. 3.